Museum to Document COVID-19 in the Lower Cape Fear Area

Posted May 7, 2020 at 8:39 am     Category: NewsMuseum

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, N.C. – What is your COVID-19 story? Cape Fear Museum of History and Science is seeking objects, photographs and documents that show the numerous aspects of the pandemic and its effects on the lives of people in the Lower Cape Fear. The items may include:

  • Life during stay-at-home orders, including working and schooling from home
  • Closures of businesses, schools, restaurants and institutions
  • Frontline workers, including medical personnel, grocery store employees and delivery drivers
  • Social distancing and CDC guidelines for being in public
  • Any other aspects of life during the pandemic

All items must have a connection to the Lower Cape Fear, which is defined as a 50-mile radius around Wilmington. To donate an item for potential inclusion in the museum’s collection, the following information is required:

  • What is the item?
  • Who used or made the item?
  • Where was the item used or made?
  • How does this item relate to the pandemic?
  • Is there a photograph of the item being used or made?

The current coronavirus pandemic is an important event in history and residents are encouraged to save items that tell the COVID-19 story and would be a good contribution to the museum’s collection. Cape Fear Museum will preserve artifacts so that future generations will be able to learn about what is happening today.

To make a donation, ask questions or receive additional information, please contact curator, Heather Yenco at or 910-798-4359. Yenco will begin compiling a list of items to determine what is best suited for the collection, keeping in mind that greatest consideration will be given to objects that have a clear connection to the Lower Cape Fear and are associated with one or more of the major themes noted above. There is no deadline for donations as many items may not be available until a later date. The museum is temporarily closed and will resume physical collections operations upon reopening. More information may also be found at

News Release Contact: Barbi Baker,, 910-798-4367

814 Market Street • Wilmington, NC 28401 • Phone 910-798-4370 • Fax 910-798-4382
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